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27 Feb 2015

NHS Staff survey shows little progress being made

The 2014 NHS staff survey has been published and it shows little progress being made on the vast majority of work place issues. Over 624,000 NHS staff were invited to participate using a self-completion postal questionnaire survey or electronically via email.

17 Feb 2015

Government make pay offer to Agenda for Change staff

The Government have made a pay offer to all staff on Agenda for Change terms and conditions. The offer of a consolidated 1% to all staff at band 42 and under is welcomed.

16 Dec 2014

Message from the President

The HCSA is continuing to work hard to support all our members in a difficult period. As well as its advocacy for specific members, the HCSA is pressing Government to reconsider its position on pay through its periods of action short of strike.

20 Nov 2014

Your Voices Will be Heard

Next week we start another four days of Action Short of Strike, the Government have not listened to NHS staff and now 11out of 14 unions / professional associations will be taking industrial action. The HCSA like the others will remain strong and we will continue to get our message across.

03 Nov 2014

HCSA Action to Continue

Whilst I am extremely disappointed that the Government has not recognised the strength of feeling of our members who participated in the Action Short of Strike Action (ASOS) last month, it has not surprised me.

08 Sep 2014

Ballot on Pay 8th - 22nd September

The HCSA delegation is this week taking an active part at the TUC congress which is well underway and it’s rather apt that the debate on Fair Pay is happening right now – just as HCSA members are receiving their ballot papers through the post.

20 Aug 2014

Members Vote Yes

As you will be aware, over the past few weeks we have been consulting with HCSA members who work in the NHS in England over the question of pay, and what action to take. The result of this consultation is now in and you the members have told us clearly that you support industrial action. The results of the survey were as follows:

05 Aug 2014

Another chance for hospital clinicians to demonstrate leadership?

Whilst the talk often seems to be of financial sustainability of the NHS, we hear little, and talk even less of the environmental sustainability of the health service. Perhaps that’s because we, as clinicians, think that the improvement of health (or strictly speaking the management of ill-health) is too important to let environmental issues get in the way.

29 Jul 2014

Dr. Finlay’s Casebook – Updated

Young idealistic Dr. Finlay has just finished morning surgery. He wanders into the dining room of Arden House and pours himself a large dram of whiskey. “I need this” after the morning I have had” he sighs to himself.

08 Jul 2014

It’s time to take stock.

The TUC’s All Together for the NHS campaign predicts that by the time the NHS reaches 71 years of age, it could be losing out on £25bn worth of funding. This real terms freeze in funding* means that although the economy is growing, heath care spending is not, in fact…it’s just the opposite.

05 Jun 2014

More Investment in a Quality Workforce

Today the 5th June, NHS workers across the board will be campaigning for more investment in a quality workforce. Under the umbrella of the TUC "All Together for the NHS," unions and professional bodies will join forces to send this clear message to Government.

02 Jun 2014

The Future of the NHS

In 1948, the NHS was born out of the noble ideal that no one should be denied treatment because of their inability to pay for it. Since then times have changed. The society we live in is very different from that of 1948; we have all become more prosperous (though there is still poverty) and enjoy a far higher standard of living. The NHS, too, has changed; there are many treatments available now that could not have been dreamed of in 1948 – they are effective but expensive!

15 May 2014

Members frustrated with another year of zero pay uplift

As the European Elections start to make many of the political headlines, we here at the HCSA are still angry about the Government’s decision to ignore the Doctors and Dentists Pay Review Body recommendations, which if implemented would have given all our members a 1% pay increase, as well as the incremental progression expected.

06 May 2014

Does Good HR Save Lives?

Members of the HCSA will be very familiar with the principles of evidence based health care. Evidence and research underpins professional and clinical practise. So it won’t be a surprise to recognise that good HR practise (that is basically good people management) is underpinned by evidence and research.

29 Apr 2014

Ringing the Changes

It’s my great pleasure to welcome you to the new website of the Hospital Consultants and Specialists Association. If you’re an existing HCSA member, I hope you will appreciate the changes we’ve made. If you’re a potential member, please enjoy and use the information contained on the site. I hope that this new website will help you to understand our organisation and what we do for our members.

22 Apr 2014

Moving Forward

Welcome to our brand new HCSA website. A new and fresh site that aims to stimulate debate, be a resource for up to date information, encourage those in the healthcare world to visit, but most of all engage with our members, potential members and our hospital representatives.

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